Eastern shoots impressive second-round score of 308 in first outing of the 2010 fall season
The Eastern Washington University golf team had a solid 2010 debut, as the team took 16th at the competitive Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational in Worley, Idaho. The Eagles finished with a total team score of 952 (321-308-323), which included the lowest round recorded by the Eagles under second-year head coach Brenda Howe. Eastern's second-round score of 308 was not only a 10-stroke improvement on its best round from the entire 2009 season, but it beat or tied the scores turned in by Washington State and Oregon State -- two historically strong programs from the Pac 10 Conference.
"I was really pleased with the how the team performed in this tournament," said Howe. "We had all four players shoot in the 70s in the second round, which is one of those barriers we really wanted to break through this season. It was a good way to start off the year."
Senior Kellie Holmstedt led the Eagles with a three-round total of 230 (79-74-77), which was good for a share of 26th place overall. Holmstedt's score at this event was six strokes better than her lowest score last season.
"Kellie looked really solid these past few days," commended Howe. "She seems to have worked out the kinks that hindered a few of her rounds last year, and is now playing at the level we know she is capable of. She is a talented golfer and I am eager to see what she does throughout the rest of the season."
Sophomore Jayme Carbon and junior Kylie Ray also had strong performances at the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational, as the two tied with one other for 54th place overall, out of 107 total golfers. Carbon shot 78-76-82 for a total score of 236, while Ray fired a 76-79-81 for an identical three-round total.
Rounding out the scoring for Eastern was sophomore Dana Stapleton, who carded a total score of 250 (88-79-83) to finish tied for 96th.
Big Sky Conference foe Northern Arizona was awarded the team title, based on a fifth player final-round tiebreaker with Brigham Young. Tournament host Gonzaga finished third, while BSC schools Portland State, Montana and Montana State finished in eighth, 10th and 14th place, respectively. The Eagles did edge Weber State, who finished last with a total team score of 968.
Eastern will next travel to Pullman, Wash., for the WSU Cougar Cup Sept. 20-22.